A few of us decided to get out of the office and go for lunch one day. We were on a bit of a time crunch so after some failed attempts to go to some other locations close by our office, we finally settled on Khai Thai just at the corner of Seymour and Robson. The restaurant itself was only about half full even though we arrived at 12:30, during the prime lunch hour, and we were seated almost immediately.
It had been quite a while since my last visit to a Thai restaurant so rather than be adventurous, I decided to have one of my favourite stand bys, the green curry with chicken. Khai Thai offers a variety of lunch specials that are often served with a small salad and a spring roll. The salad was a pretty plain iceberg lettuce salad with an extremely creamy Thousand Island-type salad. I was glad to have some greens in my lunch but would have preferred there to be a more Thai-like dressing with my salad.
The spring roll was a typical vegetable spring roll. There was nothing too spectacular about it but there was nothing bad either.
The green curry chicken came with a healthy scoop of rice (see picture above). I would have preferred the curry to be spicier although to be fair, I did not specify the level of heat to my server, which some people at my table had done. There was also a little too much coconut milk for my liking and I would have liked the flavour of the green curry to stand out more. However, the curry was packed generously with slices of chicken breast and fresh vegetables, including peppers and eggplants. I also liked how there was quite a bit of Thai basil in my curry.
The service at Khai Thai is quite prompt so it’s a quick eat especially if you are pressed for time during lunch. I felt that the flavours of their dishes were a bit muted and at $9.95 for most of their lunch specials, I felt that it was on the expensive side. The next time I am back, I will likely also ask for my curry to be on the spicier side.
809 Seymour Street, Vancouver